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The National Sports Beat with Brad Pye Jr.

3/9/2017, midnight

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The Houston Rockets may be a better player than NBA giants LeBron James, GSW’s Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook et al, but you know it by checking out the way James Harden dominates the current cover of Sports Illustrated. SI says in a flock of praise worthy statements about Harden on the cover of the magazine. Here a couple: “His life is simple, his game is sublime. I’m not worried about anything but hooping.”

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Mahershala Gilmore Ali (real name Gilmore) when he was named the best Supporting Actor at the Awards ceremony. As Gilmore he became the first Division I basketball player at St. Mary’s to win an Academy Award.

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MLB will have to have a player pitch four balls to home plate. The pitcher will no longer have to throw four balls to the plate.

Deontay Wilder the WBC heavyweight declared this week: “I’m in love with boxing, but I don’t want to do it long.” Wilder scored a fifth round knockout over Gerald Washington on Feb, 25.

The owner of the L.A. Clippers, Steve Ballmer Group will contribute $750,000 over three years to help make Harvard Park a community policing Park and a safe place for children to play according to Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Cynthia Cooper Dyke has moved out her post as women’s head basketball coach of USC, her alma mater. The Lady Trojans was 5-13 this season and 70-56 in her career, In departing, Cooper Dyke declared, “What is best right now is that I step aside.” USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann did not elaborate other than say; “ She is a great Trojan.”

QB Colin Kaepernick has opted out of his San Francisco ‘49ers contract. The ‘49ers released their other two QBs and without any signal callers.

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LSU’s Leonard Fournette checked in at 240 pounds and posted times of 4.51 and 4.52 at the NFL Training Combine site in Indianapolis.

The Cavs’ Kris Irving and Captain and LeBron James had a record setting night with 43 and 38 points respectively in a 135-130 win over the Atlanta Hawks, James and Irving total 81 points, The Cavs had a NBA regular record setting 25 of 46 three point baskets.

Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has been able to do something even President Donald L. Trump hasn’t been able to do—meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, You go Mr. Dennis Rodman, you could really become a U.S. Diplomat.

Will the OKC’s Thunder’s Russell Westbrook win both MVP honors and the triple-crown title. Westbrook has 30 triple doubles at the moment. Westbrook is the second best of all-time. Wilt Chamberlain is No. 1 with 42 and Oscar Robertson is next with 31.

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The San Antonio Spurs has the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the West in the playoff race vs. the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A Thought for the Day! “Do all the good you can, With all the means you can, In all the ways you can, To all the people you can, As long as you can.”